'a silver thread in a ribbon of green'

flowing through Edinburgh

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust works to conserve and enhance the river, its heritage and wildlife: the Trust promotes education and recreation through the Visitor Centre and works with volunteers and community groups to deliver around 240 river clean-ups and habitat improvement tasks annually. 

Operating since 1988, it was the first river charity to be established in Scotland. Support our work by becoming a member, sending a donation or joining the hundred-strong team of volunteers who are involved in projects on the river and in running the Visitor Centre.   

The Trust is a registered Charity (number SC000015). Our work is supported by City of Edinburgh Council’s Services for Communities and Children and Families Departments.

COVID Update

Our Centre Café is now open for Sit in and Takeaways every day 10.00am to 4.00pm. 

The Walkway

13 mile walkway winding through our capital

Visitor Centre

Open daily 10am to 4pm, community café & exhibition

The River

Edinburgh’s hidden natural asset

The Trust

Conserving and enhancing the river since 1988


Join the team and help protect the Water of Leith


Discover more on one of our learning programmes or activities

Featured Events

Sat 7th May

Wildflowers of the Dells

Join Helen for a walk though the Dells looking at the abundance of spring wildflowers and learning about some of their medicinal uses
2pm - 4pm
£7 or free to members with code

Sat 7th May


No need to book just come along to our favourite Fundraising Event. Join us for bedding plants, perennials, veggies, trees and shrubs. We are planning for the main sale to be OUTSIDE this year with house plants and the cafe inside.
11am to 2pm
Free but please bring cash

Sun 26th Jun

The Route Less Travelled – Murrayfield to Belford

A guided walk discovering the history and wildlife of the river from Murrayfield to Dean Village. Join Helen on this guided walk to discover the lesser known and visited parts of the river – Suitable for adults
11am to 1pm
Free to Member - £7 non

Latest News & Blog Posts


A Landmark Year for the Trust as we look back at our achievements in 2021/2

As we entered the new financial year back in April 2021 I think its safe to say that we were …


Dean Path is OPEN!

After many long years and a couple of false starts the landslide issue along the Walkway between Belford Road and …


Giant Hogweed work gets underway

Regular readers will know that we work each year to tackle this toxic and invasive plant which loves to grow …

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